From the Queens Chronicle:
While college students from nearby St. John’s University may welcome it, some residents of Fresh Meadows are concerned about the upcoming opening of a Hooters in their community.
According to James Gallagher, president of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association, the beach-themed bar and grill is set to open soon at the former site of the Future Diner off the Horace Harding Expressway. “It seems like an odd fit for the neighborhood,” Gallagher said.
The area is filled with well-kept, high-rise apartment buildings with a movie theater on one side of the restaurant and a shopping center featuring Kohl’s department store on the other side. “Hooters seems like it’s more for truckers, not for a residential community,” Gallagher said. “But the owner appears to be community-oriented and that could be helpful.”
A spokesperson from Hooters corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. did not return calls on the opening. Nor did the Parkside Group, a lobbyist firm that represents unions, political candidates and businesses, including the Queens Hooters, which will be the first one in the borough.
Unions, political candidates and Hooters. The jokes almost write themselves.